Sometimes when we move to a new country we do so under a temporary or working visa. After a while we fall in love with the country and the opportunities there for us but often we do not change the state of our visa requirements. A visa is in short just a right to be in a country for a period of time. The visa usually sets out those rights and terms of stay. Some countries allow you to extend your visa, others do not. More importantly, this is one part of your travel and lifestyle plans that you must keep up to date. Ensure that you have familiarised yourself with all the relevant conditions of your visa, that you diarise any critically important dates and that you take the time to visit the local consulate and get up to date information on your visa. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to overlook these matters which can have dire consequences.
If you have moved to another country or are on an extended visa you might like to consider applying for permanent residency. Although this can be a difficult process, if you wish to live in a country it may be worthwhile. After all, you are still there aren’t you you should obtain the benefits of being a permanent resident.
One of the main benefits of being a permanent resident is that you are entitled to the same rights and privileges generally as a citizen.
Whilst that does not sound very exciting it is in fact important. If you have the same legal rights as an ordinary citizen of that country you are entitled to be treated in the same way as such a citizen and have the same legal rights. Your legal rights are of utmost importance. Legal rights extend to all aspects of your life in particular your working conditions, your right to live in a country and your right to justice together with the presumption of innocence (in Commonwealth legal systems).
In addition, by being a permanent resident you receive some social benefits including the right to enter and exit the country, social security and health benefits, the right for public education and certain work related rights.
Often people do not want to give up the association with the country of their birth and feel guilty if they apply for permanent residency. In Canada, for instance, there is no need for such concern as Canada does not require you to give up your birth country citizenship. In Canada you can hold duel citizenship so in effect you are a citizen of both countries.
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